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20th Jul 2023

Package with £1.7million worth of cocaine found by walker on popular beach

Fiona Frawley

Package with £1.7million worth of cocaine found by walker on popular beach

A similar package was found on a nearby beach shortly after

A parcel thought to be containing €2 million (£1.7million) worth of cocaine was discovered on an isolated beach in Ireland yesterday.

The package, wrapped in black plastic and rope, was found by a walker on Ballyhiernan Beach in Co. Donegal, on Thursday (July 19).

According to Donegal Daily, upon discovering the package the walker dragged it up the beach and tied it to a plank of wood to ensure it wouldn’t be washed out to sea again. The man then contacted Gardaí to let them know what he had found.

Gardaí have confirmed that a similar package was found at Tramore Beach, Dunfanaghy a half an hour later.

Sources say both packages could weigh up to 40kg and an estimated street value of more than €2 million.

The discoveries have spurred a wider search along the Donegal coastline, with a Garda helicopter securing the area in case other parcels are washed up.

A Garda spokesperson told Donegal Daily: “An Garda Síochána are currently investigating the circumstances of the discovery of a number of packages along the North Donegal Coastline. 

“The packages contain substance which is believed to be a controlled drug, subject to analysis and confirmation by Forensic Science Ireland (FSI). 

“An Garda Síochána has no further comment at this time”.

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